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Where to begin... In what has been a season full of tough losses, the Wizards may have suffered their toughest yet as they lost a heartbreaker, 115-113, to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night at Verizon Center.

The game was an emotional roller coaster that unfortunately for the Wizards ended in defeat. The Wizards led for nearly the entire game as it was not until the 7:08 mark of the fourth quarter when the Nets finally grabbed their first lead of the game at 86-84. From there, the game went back and forth with the Nets pulling ahead by two near the end of regulation. The Wizards called a timeout with 3.2 seconds left down 93-91, needing a two for the tie or a three for the win. Garrett Temple threw a great inbound pass to Nene on the low post, who put in a jump-hook to send the game into the first overtime.

The Wizards opened the first overtime on an 8-0 run and looked to have the game put away as they led 101-93 with just 1:16 left in the overtime period. However, the Nets would respond with a 10-0 run in 1:13 of playing time to take a 104-101 lead, leaving the Wizards with just 3.2 seconds left once again to try and tie the game. Bradley Beal would step up to the task and hit the biggest shot of his young career as he nailed a three-pointer as the buzzer sounded to send the game into double overtime.

The double overtime saw the Nets build up an early lead, but the Wizards would fight back and give themselves a chance as Kevin Seraphin and Bradley Beal combined to go 4-4 from the free throw line in the last minute to tie the score at 113. But, it was Joe Johnson who would deliver the final dagger to sink the Wizards and leave them with one of the toughest losses you will ever see in the NBA.

Bradley Beal finished with a career-high 24 points, Jordan Crawford chipped in with 23, while Nene ended the game with 20. Garrett Temple has a season-high 11 assists in the effort.

Next, the Wizards travel to Miami to take on the defending champs on Sunday evening at 6pm.


Kevin Seraphin
Points: 6
Rebounds: 4
Assists: 0

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Points: Bradley Beal - 24
Rebounds: Emeka Okafor, Garrett Temple - 7
Assists: Garrett Temple - 11
Blocks: Jan Vesely - 2
Steals: Bradley Beal, Nene - 3

On What Went Wrong in OT:

“We turned the ball over. We got doubled and wouldn’t pass. Why? I don’t know. We miss free throws. Why does it happen? I don’t know why. The thing that is disturbing is when you do the same mistake over and over again when you are trying to close out a game. When a guy is doubled, you have to move the ball to an open guy. We did it against Joe Johnson and Deron Williams all night in isolations. That’s how you win a close game.”

On Loss:

“An effort like that, it hurts and goes wasted. This is definitely the toughest loss by far. I can’t fault anyone’s effort. Did everyone play the best they could? No. We were up eight with a minute and 27 seconds. We have to close that game out.”

On Game:

“This was a tough one to swallow. I really felt like we had this game. It was anyone’s game at the end, but the confidence I have in my teammates I knew we would prevail. We had the game it was just a couple of moments here and there we lacked. That’s what ultimately put us in this situation. We have to take this one in, and continue to get better. Losing tough ones like this can be tough on a team. We are a strong group and have a really good bond; so we will bounce back.”

On Game-Tying Three:

“It felt good when it left my hand. As of late I have been feeling really comfortable on the court. I have found my role, and the game has slowed down for me. I’m just taking what the defense gives me and I have been successful.”

On Game:

“We have to learn how to close games. As a team we all have expectations, and goals we want to accomplish. In order to meet these goals, and expectations we have to win these types of ball games. We have to give the Brooklyn (Nets) credit; they hit some big shots, and hung around the entire game. They limited us to shots, and we didn’t have the same opportunities late in the game. You have to credit the Nets.”

On Double OT:

“I feel like we had a really good chance of winning the second overtime. Bradley (Beal) hit the big three to send us into the extra time period. I felt we had the momentum, and the right attitude to pull this one out. We went back and forth with them throughout the overtime. Joe (Johnson) just hit the dagger at the end and it’s unfortunate we went down like this.”